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Home speakers 101
by Kramer Crane

What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.

What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theater system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.

Best sound bars for 2018
by Jeff Miller

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, ZVOX, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks for 2018. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews. Read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping for a Blu-ray player.

Stereo speakers from MartinLogan, KEF, and Klipsch are among our best picks for 2018. Learn why we love them, and read testimonials from our happy customers. We've included shopping advice to help you choose the right pair for you room, along with tips on getting the best sound from your speakers.

If you're in the process of choosing home theater speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't come with wire. What gauge (thickness) do you need? Is there a special kind of wire for in-wall installation? How many feet of wire will you need to buy? What kind of connectors are best? We'll help you choose the right kind of speaker wire for your home audio system.

Having the right powered subwoofer is crucial to the home theater experience. Learn how to choose the best one for your system, along with tips for getting great bass in your room.

Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

Before you purchase outdoor speakers, you need a good systems plan. How many speakers do you need? How much amplifier power? Where should the speakers go? A Crutchfield A/V system designer explores three outdoor sound system examples.

Hooking up a basic sound bar to your TV is easy. But things get a bit more complicated if you want to connect your cable box, Blu-ray player, and game console to your sound bar. Learn how to make the right connections and how to set up your new sound bar.

Want home theater without all the wires? Learn about the latest wireless surround sound systems from Sonos, Polk Audio, and more.

Setting up your speakers for their best musical performance may take a little extra time, but can go a long way toward enhancing your long-term satisfaction.

There are lots of good reasons to buy speakers with built-in amps. And there are many different varieties of powered home speakers. We'll help you sort it all out.

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